IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service

MaaS – Machine as a Service

PaaS – Platform as a Service

Most IT organizations deal with complex and siloed infrastructure that require large teams of highly skilled specialists to keep them up and running. These legacy environments force teams to spend a disproportionate amount of time on tending to infrastructure, and less on applications and services. IBM Power Systems clients who have typically relied upon on-premises-only infrastructure can now quickly and economically extend their Power IT resources into the cloud.

Avoid the large capital expense or added risk when migrating your essential workloads and get started with IBM Cloud today.

An IBM Cloud integrates your IBM AIX, IBM i & Linux capabilities into the IBM Cloud experience. That means you get fast, self-service provisioning, flexible management both on-premises and off, and access to a stack of enterprise IBM Cloud services – all with pay-as-you-use billing that lets you easily scale up and out. A user can purchase an AIX or IBM i Power VM based Virtual Machine as a Service on IBM Cloud. IBM manages up to OS deployment and the client self manages the OS and up.

You can quickly deploy a Power Systems Virtual Server to meet your specific business needs. With a Power Systems Virtual Server, you can create a hybrid cloud environment that allows you to easily control workload demands.

IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud uses the existing IBM Cloud platform to create IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud, also known as logical partitions (LPAR), that run on IBM Power Systems hardware with the PowerVM hypervisor.

IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud is a form of infrastructure as a service (IaaS). With the Power Systems Virtual Server service, you can quickly create and deploy one or multiple virtual servers that are running either the AIX or IBM i operating systems in a public cloud.

Current AIX and IBM i clients can use IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud for a number of workload scenarios, including disaster recovery, development environments, and partial IT infrastructure moves. IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud clients can stay competitive with the scaling of their infrastructure and remain flexible with their workload management and capacity both on- and off-premise. And since the infrastructure layer is identical, system administrators who run on-premises AIX and IBM i systems today can use their same tools, workflows, and enhancements in the cloud.

Straigtforward Billing

The Power Systems Virtual Server uses a monthly billing rate that includes the licenses for the AIX and IBM i operating systems. The monthly billing rate is pro-rated by the hour based on the resources that are deployed to the Power Systems Virtual Server instance for the month. When you create the Power Systems Virtual Server instance, you can see the total cost for your configuration based on the options that you specify. You can quickly identify what configuration options provide you with the best value for your business needs.

Infrastructure customization

  • Number of virtual server instances
  • Number of cores
  • Amount of memory
  • Data volume size and type (HDD or SSD)
  • Private or public network

Hybrid Cloud Environment

You can use the Power Systems Virtual Servers to run any AIX or IBM i workloads off-premise from your existing Power Systems hardware infrastructure. Running your workloads in the public cloud allows you to enjoy all the advantages the cloud has to offer such as self-service, fast delivery, elasticity, and connectivity to other IBM Cloud services. Although your AIX and IBM i workloads are running in the cloud, you still keep the same scalable, resilient, production-ready features that Power Systems Hardware provides.

Workloads are Returning on-Premise

In IDC’s 2018 Cloud and AI Adoption Survey, 85% of respondents said they were planning to move 50% of their cloud-based workloads back on-premises.

On-Premise Private Clouds are Growing

What if you could combine the ease-of-management and usability of the public cloud, with the security, control, and performance of on-premises infrastructure?

Unlike traditional datacenters, private clouds can serve a multitude of customers and use cases – including internal application teams who need the ability to quickly provision new IT environments and services. Building the right private cloud serves as an on-ramp to a hybrid cloud future.

Over 79% of IT leaders are investing in private cloud now, a trend that continues to grow.

Source: Forrester Analytics: Private Cloud Solutions Forecast, Feb 2019.

The public cloud is well positioned to address some of the pains of infrastructure management. However, it is not suitable for all workloads that businesses rely upon, due to:

  • Data Gravity & Legacy Apps which make migrations hard
  • Regulatory Concerns that limit where data is hosted
  • Unpredictable Costs caused by limitless resources and egress charges
  • Loss of Control that prevents custom approaches to securing apps and data

What’s needed is a hybrid approach — one that includes on-premises datacenters and the public cloud to support the entire range of business needs.

The right business outcomes are what really matter to your enterprise. With the IBM solution for Private Cloud you can tap into game-changing outcomes that help you run your business more efficiently, compete more effectively, and transform your infrastructure to drive results quickly.

Expect to gain a competitive edge with:

  • Agility. Your IT team will be able to support business initiatives on time, every time.
  • Scalability. Your cloud grows with your business, on-demand and non-disruptively.
  • Simplicity. Your teams are empowered to control the entire stack, increase productivity and quality, and operate clouds with ease.

IBM Cloud allows IT organizations to standardize upon software-defined infrastructure that is simpler to acquire, deploy, manage and scale out as business needs grow, without sacrificing reliability and security. IBM Cloud solutions deliver applications, services, and data at any scale, with advanced automation and self-service capabilities that bring cloud simplicity and agility to enterprise datacenters.

Please contact me to learn more about IBM Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud offerings to determine which Cloud solution would provide you with the best value for your business needs.

Darren Mills, CleanSlate Technology Group Director of Technology, Darren.Mills@cleanslatetg.com